EY Challenge

Welcome to the EY Challenge. A three day Canada-wide challenge for university students interested in a career in professional services. We’re looking for students that hear “challenge” and think “opportunity”.

About EY Challenge

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Key Dates

Individual campus info session dates are now available on our Key Dates & Updates section!

About EY Challenge

What Is It?

EY Challenge is a new, dynamic, winner-take-all business competition unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. The competition brings together the best and brightest students from across Canada to compete in an interactive and exciting three day challenge. Winning teams from each region will be selected during local Pitch Days to travel to Toronto for the EY Challenge National Finals.

Participating in EY Challenge was one of the highlights of my year. From the campus competition to the national finals, EY Challenge provided me with the opportunity to meet a lot of people from EY as well as students from other universities, all while having lots of fun! Mohammed Surti, 2017 National EY Challenge Winner, University of Toronto


The event that was once just a thought in the back of our minds is now developed into a wide-spread national competition. The EY Challenge was first launched by the recruiting team back in 2015 and now has gained the attention of thousands of students across the country. From first meeting EY employees on campus, to an all-expenses paid trip to Toronto, and then being inches away from your favourite artist. Don’t you want to see where the EY Challenge could take you?

How You Can Get Involved

Students can get involved in one of three ways:

  1. Form a team of four and compete at your local Pitch Days
  2. Be a spectator (cheer on teams, join in networking sessions, and be eligible for the grand prize)
  3. Be a volunteer (If you work for EY already volunteer to help the campus team run the events!)

To participate in the prize (if the winning team is from your school), you need to fall under one of the above three categories.

Click here to sign up!


Read below on how to sign up and how you can participate!

Pitch Days

Register as a team of four, and work within your team to prepare a business pitch for a mystery product. You will present your pitch to a panel of EY judges and your peers on campus and a winner will be chosen to represent your university. The Pitch Days act as a round robin to choose one team to represent your campus. Ten campuses across Canada will be represented at the EY Challenge Final in Toronto in late February.

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Who can participate?

Ten winners, selected during the Pitch Days, from the following universities will compete in the EY Challenge National Finals held in Toronto:

  1. British Columbia: (1 from) UBC
  2. Alberta: (2 from) U of A, U of C, MRU, MacEwan
  3. Ontario: (5 from) Rotman Commerce, Queen’s, Western, Schulich, Waterloo
  4. Quebec: (2 from) McGill, HEC, Concordia, UQAM
Students are participating in case competitions all throughout university. We wanted to create something completely different where they could make their own rules and decisions but still apply all of their business knowledge from classes. From this simple idea, the EY Challenge was born. Katie Wilson, Assurance Campus Recruiting Leader

National Finals

Each challenge is built around EY’s four Leadership dimensions:

  1. Business leadership
  2. Personal leadership
  3. Team leadership
  4. Client leadership

Teams will compete in four different challenges that represent each of these dimensions to demonstrate their overall excellence and capabilities. The winning team will be the one with the most points and will be awarded the ultimate prize. There are no cases in this competition.


Check back in November for sign up options!

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Option 1

Form a Team of Competitors


Students per Team

Max. 12 Teams Per School

  • Access to Pitch Days
  • Assigned EY Mentor
  • Build Presentation Skills
  • Get EY Challenge Updates
  • Invitation to Events
  • Eligible For The Prize!
  • Networking Opportunities with EY Professionals!
  • Winners Travel to Toronto!
Option 2

Be a Spectator

I ♥ EY

Cheer, Follow, Support Teams!

  • Get EY Challenge Updates
  • Invitation To Events
  • Eligible for The Prize!
  • Networking Opportunities with EY Professionals!
Option 3

Already work for EY? Be a volunteer!


EY Challenge Ambassadors

Per School

  • Free Volunteer Swag
  • Work with Recruiters
  • Get EY Challenge Updates
  • Invitation To Events
  • Eligible For The Prize!
  • Networking Opportunities with EY Professionals!

Key Dates and Updates

EY Challenge Info Sessions and Pitch Days are coming to a campus near you soon!

Broad Timeline

Information Sessions: Late October – Early November

Pitch Days: Late November – Early December

National Finals: February 2020


Congratulations to our finalists from Waterloo on their National Championship!

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Registration Deadlines for Pitch Days are:

Key dates to be updated later in the year

Pitch Day Dates

Key dates to be updated later in the year


  • 2016 National Final Winner:
    University of Alberta
    Prize: Kanye West concert in Edmonton
  • 2017 National Final Winner:
    University of Toronto
    Prize: The Weeknd concert in Toronto
  • 2018 National Final Winner:
    University of British Columbia
    Prize: Drake concert in Vancouver
  • 2019 National Final Winner:
    University of Waterloo
    Prize: Travis Scott concert in Toronto
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Your Campus Recruiting Team

EY - Katie Wilson

Katie Wilson

Assurance Campus Recruiting Leader, Toronto

Katie first joined EY in 2008 as an assurance co-op student and transferred to the campus recruiting team later in 2011. Katie is now our Assurance Campus Recruiting Leader in Canada and proud to be a key member in the creation of EY Challenge.

EY - Marie-Andrée Dupuis

Marie-Andrée Dupuis, CHRP

Eastern Canada Campus Recruiter, Montréal

Marie-Andrée has been at EY since October 2016 as our Montreal based Campus Recruiter. After graduating from Law school, she changed career path and chose to work in recruitment because of her passion for human relations. Talk to her about desserts or water skiing, she loves both!

EY - Krystle Kong

Krystle Kong

National Campus Recruiting Coordinator, Toronto

Krystle joined EY in November of 2016 as the National Campus Recruiting Coordinator. She loves trying EVERTHING at all you can eat restaurants with friends and listening to music!

EY - Jordan Barratt

Jordan Barratt CPA, CA

National Campus Recruiting Leader, Toronto

Jordan began his career at EY as a co-op student WAY back in 2004. He spent the majority of his career in the Assurance practice and was a Senior Manager in the Financial Services Organization prior to working at RBC for 3 years before becoming an “EY Boomerang” and re-joining EY as the National Campus Recruiting Leader.

EY - Catherine Thibodeau

Catherine Thibodeau

Campus Recruiter, Calgary

Catherine joined EY in 2005 as a Staff Accountant in the Audit practice. After 6 years in Audit, she transferred to the Campus Recruiting team in 2011. She also serves as the People Consultant for the Calgary Audit practice.

EY - Katrina Dudley

Katrina Dudley

Campus Recruiter, Edmonton

Katrina started with EY in the audit practice after completing her undergrad at the UofA (go Bears!) in 2006. In 2010, she took a brief hiatus from the firm to explore working in her family’s business. She returned to her EY Edmonton familEY in 2011 in a split campus recruiting and HR manager role.

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EY - Alexandra Famiglietti

Alexandra Famiglietti

Advisory Campus Recruiting Leader, Toronto

Alexandra joined the firm in 2015 as an Experienced Hire Recruiter before joining the Campus team in 2017 as the National Advisory Campus Recruiting Leader. Alexandra is extremely excited for this year’s EY Challenge!!

EY - Sabrina Swinden

Sabrina Swinden

Advisory Campus Recruiter, Toronto

Sabrina joined EY in June 2017 as an Advisory Campus Recruiter. She loves to travel and is looking forward to her second EY Challenge!

Participating in the EY Challenge was a unique way to team up with my friends and step outside my comfort zone in order to collectively problem solve in a fun and exciting way! The Challenge is an opportunity to utilize teamwork, creative thinking, and the willingness to have fun that you may not necessarily experience in ordinary university courses. I am forever grateful for the friends I made between the campus competition and national finals with students from across the country! EY Challenge was most definitely a highlight of my university career and something I will never forget! Dawson Bergmann, 2017 National Challenge Competitor
EY - Quynh Dinh

Quynh Dinh

Assurance Campus Recruiter, Toronto

This Campus Recruiter is a UTSG alum, a three-time EY boomerang, and a lover of all things poutine! Quynh is so excited to be WOW-ed by your pitches.

EY - Gurpreet Dhillon

Gurpreet Dhillon

Campus Recruiter, Vancouver

Gurpreet graduated from BCIT and has been our Vancouver Campus Recruiter since 2012. She is looking forward to meeting you all and hearing your pitches at this years’ EY Challenge!